[vcf-midatlantic] Steve Dompier's coding...

Bill Sudbrink wh.sudbrink at verizon.net
Thu May 5 16:50:33 EDT 2016

Herb Johnson wrote:
> > [Cromemco Dazzler Dazzlemation...]
> > .... Mr. Dompier hand wrote that program
> > LITERALLY (hand, pencil, paper), no editor, no assembler.
> > He then toggled it in (or maybe raw keyed it in with a
> > primitive ROM monitor) and [used paper tape to save/restore it]
> I agree, it's informative to look at such code, to see methods of
> coding. But that's normal activity, given the era.

And I agree with you.  I did some myself.  I was trying to interest
some of the people who might not be aware.  I've exhibited my IMSAIs
and Altairs a number of times.  On numerous occasions, I've heard
comments like "those front panels are pretty but you couldn't really
do anything with them".  I'm pretty sure now that Mr. Dompier
toggled Dazzlemation into the machine.  The recollection is that he
didn't get a 4FDC until later, so he probably didn't have a monitor
in ROM.

Bill S.

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